11:30 LRN Newscast

A group from East Carroll Parish is in Baton Rouge today hoping to keep the broadband expansion project on track. Nathanael Wills with Delta Interfaith says it’s on hold due to a subsidiary of Cable One protesting the grant awards that they didn’t even apply for to stop competition from providing service.
Cut 6 (08) “…to do.”
Wills says current laws and rules favor incumbent providers and a company that serves even a portion of an area, they can stop competing providers from establishing service and basically block access.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a man who disappeared nearly 33 years ago. Investigators say Robert Fulton Browning was last seen walking away from his home on November 27th 1989 after an argument. Deputy Glenn Springfield says they haven’t given up on finding Browning.
Cut 3 (06) “…in the case.”
Browning was 53 when he disappeared and would be 85 now.

The White House says it’s sending another six-thousand additional doses of the monkeypox vaccines to Louisiana to administer at vaccination events surrounding the Southern Decadence Festival in New Orleans, which is one of the largest L-G-B-T-Q plus gatherings in the United States. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis (Dousk ah lock -ss) says Decadence allows them to reach those who are less likely to go to a clinic.
Cut 12 (04) “..the event.”
In addition to Decadance this weekend the federal response team will also be doing similar outreach at Atlanta Black Proud.

The Saints have traded fan favorite Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and a 2025 seventh round pick to the Eagles for three draft picks, a fifth round selection in 2023 and two sixth round picks in 2024. Coach Dennis Allen addressed the trade with reporters…
cut 16 (10) “….wish him the best”
Gardner-Johnson is expected to start at safety for Philadelphia. He was looking for a new contract with the Saints and those talks reportedly broke down, which led to the trade.